Award-winning journalists discuss 16-day rail trip across Russia

February 20, 2012

McDaniel College sponsors an illustrated lecture, “A View from Russia, by Rail,” by award-winning journalist David Greene and photojournalist David Gilkey about their 16-day trip across Russia on the trans-Siberian railroad at 7 p.m. March 6 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main St., Westminster, Md.

The event is co-sponsored by the Carroll County Public Library, and is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Media support for the event is being provided by WYPR-FM.

As NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow, Greene covered the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia accompanied by staff photographer and video editor David Gilkey. The 16 days that they spent on the trans-Siberian railroad took him 6,000 miles and through seven time zones.

Photo by David Gilkey / NPR

During this illustrated lecture, they will share what they learned during this odyssey, including how Russia’s history has shaped its people, and where, 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians want their country to go.

Greene is a host/correspondent for NPR, and primary substitute host for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition Saturday” and “Sunday.” At NPR, he has covered the White House and was aboard Air Force One following Hurricane Katrina catching the first glimpse of the storm’s destruction with former President George W. Bush.

Gilkey was one of the first unilateral journalists to move into Afghanistan and the first to cross the border into Iraq while embedded with the U.S. Army. He has covered the war on terrorism since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In that time, he has made numerous trips back to both countries, most recently covering U.S. operations in southern Afghanistan.

After President Obama took office, Greene spent three months driving across America to learn how Americans were dealing with the recession. He has spent time in Crawford, Texas, with President Bush, and has trekked across five continents, reporting on White House visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda and Uruguay.

He also played an integral role in NPR’s coverage of the historic 2008 presidential election covering Hillary Clinton’s campaign and how racial attitudes were playing into voters’ decisions. He received the 2008 Merriman Smith award for deadline coverage of the presidency. Prior to NPR, he spent seven years as a newspaper reporter at The Baltimore Sun. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in government and worked as the senior editor on the Harvard Crimson.

In 2009, Gilkey covered the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The next year he made numerous trips to Haiti to cover the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation in January. His work in Haiti earned Gilkey two 2011 Investigative Reporters & Editors awards. Gilkey documented the fall of apartheid in South Africa, famine and conflict in Somalia, tribal warfare in Rwanda and the war in the Balkans.

Throughout his career, Gilkey has received numerous awards from both national and international photo competitions. In 2011, Gilkey was named Still Photographer of the Year by the White House Photographers Association (WHPA). In addition he's earned 36 distinctions from the WHPA since 2009, including nine first place awards. Gilkey's contribution to the NPR Investigation "Brain Wars: How the Military is Failing the Wounded" was recognized by a 2010 George Polk Award. That series was also honored with Society for News Design's 2011 Award of Excellence and a 2011 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage.